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It's been almost a year since we last posted a review from Red Letter Media's Mr. Plinkett. If you're not aware who that is by name, you may remember him as the guy who did the epic 70-minute review of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (and its subsequent sequels) as well as Avatar, Star Trek and Baby's Day Out. The last movie he reviewed was Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, and that was all the way back on New Year's Eve 2010. It's been a rough drought, but finally he is back and with a perfect target: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Check out both parts of the video below or over on Red Letter Media's site. The thing that's so great about these reviews (and the reason why we keep posting them) is because they're not only intelligent breakdowns of disappointing films, but they »
Find a barrel. Fill with water, drop in fish. Then point shotgun and shoot. That's the general process of taking down the fourth Indiana Jones movie, but that's not going to stop Red Letter Media, which has already served up feature-length review/deconstructions of the Star Wars prequels. And despite the fact that these four films are four of the easiest smackdown targets in mainstream cinema, there are still some smart observations to be made about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. If you've got an hour to kill, check out the review below. As in the Star Wars reviews, there's an aspect to the Harry Pinkett review personality that is dumb and distracting. This time it does pretty far -- if you don't want to sit through a really awful joke (I think it's a joke?) about jerking off to Olsen twins movies, then skip the »
- Russ Fischer
Although I'm on the wrong continent and maybe in the wrong decade for having any familiarity with the comic books that have inspired this film, I must say that there's something very right about Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin". Much has already been said about its "Indiana Jones" adventure flavor, and that's well warranted. "Tintin" in fact satisfies in ways that 2008's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" could not. This new effort, a globe-spanning chase about an intrepid boy and his dog, still can't hold a flickering candle to the immersive spirit of the earlier "Indy" films, but then again, that's nearly sacred ground anyhow, not expected to be treaded upon. However, when compared with Spielberg's other new film release, »
The Indiana Jones franchise is and will always be one of the giants of the adventure genre. We should accept that when it comes to adventure, Steven Spielberg will never top Raiders of the Lost Ark, but in his defense, neither will anyone else. Sadly, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull felt cartoony and done out of obligation rather than any sense of desire to revive the character. Spielberg picks up a fresh adventure franchise by adapting Hergé's internationally beloved Tintin comics, but The Adventures of Tintin manages to feel even more like a weightless cartoon. All the beats are correct and there's no need to compromise or carry the baggage of Dr. Jones' previous efforts, but Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson (who was a de facto co-director on the film) fall into the traps of using motion capture and 3D without understanding how to best utilize either technology. »
- Matt Goldberg
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This year, the holiday season is all about Steven Spielberg. The two-time Oscar winner for Best Director, who belongs on any short list of the greatest living directors, has two films hitting theaters within four days -- this after not releasing a film since 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' in May of 2008. Out Christmas is 'War Horse,' Spielberg's adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's World War I-set novel about a young boy, his loyal horse and the strength of friendship and love in the face of terrible conflict. If that doesn't sound like the type of light-hearted film fare you can bring your whole family to over the long weekend, there's also 'The Adventures of Tintin,' a motion-capture spectacle that just might be the best Indiana Jones film that Indiana Jones never made.
- Christopher Rosen
Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg has not one but two films out this holiday season, the live action World War I epic War Horse and the motion capture fantasy The Adventures of Tintin. While it remains to be seen whether either film is among his best, there's no doubt that the director's previous effort, 2008's Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, left a bad taste in a lot of viewers' mouths and was not one of his better efforts. As great as Spielberg is -- and he's had more than his share of superb films -- he's just like every other artist who has their ups and downs. Along with great entries like Munich or E.T., his resume is dotted with both moderately entertaining clunkers and films that are just a chore to sit through. With more...
- Don Kaye
Steven Spielberg's "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" made 800 million dollars -- but was trashed by critics and fans. Even one of the film's stars, Shia LeBeouf, publicly criticized the film, which strayed from the usual "Indiana Jones" fare by introducing aliens to the world of archaeology.
Spielberg himself, however, stands behind the film.
He tells the Miami Herald that a few years ago, a group of young boys approached him at a horse show. "They started saying 'Oh, man, we love your movies so much! We love all your films -- except for that last Indiana Jones picture. We all hated that one," Spielberg recalls.
Like many critics, they weren't fans of the ending. "It just wasn't as good as the other ones. We didn't like that alien thing at the end. That was stupid. He shouldn't be going after aliens anyway. He should be going after archeology stuff, »
He’s probably the most consistently popular filmmaker in history, as well as one of the most divisive – and he’s also got two new movies out this Christmas. Steven Spielberg’s patented blend of awed faces, childlike wonder, and daddy issues come roaring back to the big screen for the first time since Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull with the equine Wwi adventure War Horse and the long-gestating Hergé adaptation The Adventures of Tintin. We scored early looks at both films, and Sos contributor and resident Spielberg superfan Michael Ryan joins us to measure the Spielbergocity.
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With two very different movies coming out next week, director Steven Spielberg is back in the public consciousness in a very big way - not that we haven't seen dozens of movies that reference, pay homage or were greatly influenced by his work in the time since his last movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull . While his animated The Adventures of Tintin and the sweeping Wwi epic War Horse don't have much else in common, they're both clearly Spielberg, tapping into some of the things we've seen from him before as well as entering new territory. The Adventures of Tintin teams him with Peter Jackson to revive Herge's popular character who has been the star of 24 graphic adventures, using performance capture and 3D animation. Jamie Bell plays Tintin, the »
Starring Kristen Stewart as a pregnant human, Robert Pattinson as a vampire, and Taylor Lautner as a six-packed werewolf, Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 is now the third-biggest blockbuster at the North American box office, having surpassed Todd Phillips' comedy sequel The Hangover: Part II last weekend. According to figures found at Box Office Mojo, The Hangover 2, which stars Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Zach Galifianakis, and Ed Helms stranded in Thailand, has collected $254.46 million in the domestic market. After 27 days (up until Dec. 14), Breaking Dawn 1 has raked in $261.45 million. No wonder Star Trek's George Takei is terrified of the Twilight menace.
- Zac Gille
We've known for the past couple of years that Harrison Ford will be dusting off the fedora once again as director Steven Spielberg and executive producer George Lucas attempt to atone for 2008's underwhelming Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull with a fifth outing for everyone's favourite archaeologist. Although development appears to be moving slowly, it's nothing compared to the nineteen year gap between the third and fourth movies, and with time catching up on the franchise's leading man, if a fifth feature is going to happen, then you'd imagine it's going to have to happen pretty soon.
Both filmmakers have taken the opportunity to discuss the franchise recently, starting out with Spielberg, who provided a brief update on the sequel to Entertainment Weekly at the beginning of the month: "We have already agreed on the genre of the fifth movie, we already have a concept in mind. »
Steven Spielberg won't make a fifth 'Indiana Jones' movie to ''prove any point''. The filmmaker - who has directed all four of the previous instalments in the franchise - does know many people did not enjoy the last movie 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull', but would not work on further films just so he could win them round. He told MTV News: ''I would not make a fifth movie to prove any point. If we get a good story, I'll make it. If George Lucas doesn't think we should make any more, I'll »
George Lucas has been discussing some details about the fifth adventure in the Indiana Jones franchise, and specifically the hunt for a suitable MacGuffin.
Steven Spielberg recently gave his own update about a possible fifth Indiana Jones film, essentially saying that it was in the hands of George Lucas. Now Lucas has discussed the same topic in a recent interview, and hinted that he’s in search of a MacGuffin for the film.
Lucas, Spielberg and Harrison Ford disagreed over the MacGuffin used in Indiana Jones And The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, so finding one for the fifth instalment could prove to be equally problematic. Spielberg had said that, thus far, a genre was in place for the fifth instalment. But Lucas said of the subject:
“Actually, I told him I didn't have it yet. I told him about the story, but I really haven’t found the MacGuffin yet. »
'I would not make a fifth movie to prove any point,' director says of 'Indiana Jones' series.
By Kevin P. Sullivan, with reporting by Josh Horowitz
Photo: MTV News
Fans of the "Indiana Jones" movies have a complicated relationship with the series as a whole. No one knows this better than Steven Spielberg, the man who had to listen when fans cried out as the latest entry, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," failed to meet expectations.
Now with talk of George Lucas writing a potential fifth film, Spielberg could stand to undo what some fans saw as a bitter farewell to Indiana Jones. When the director spoke with MTV News' Josh Horowitz while promoting "The Adventures of Tintin," he explained that he would have nothing to prove with a new Indy movie.
"I already like the last 'Indy.' I loved 'Crystal Skull, »
Harrison Ford is circling the Jackie Robinson biopic "42," TheWrap has confirmed. No, Ford wouldn't play the African-American baseball trailblazer. If he boards the Brian Helgeland-directed film, he'll take on the part of Brooklyn Dodgers manager Branch Rickey. But will breaking baseball's color barrier help the 69-year old action star get his grove back? Also read: Tom Cruise: We're Working on 'Top Gun 2' Ford has had a rough patch at the box office of late, with "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" the lone bright spot in a decade of misfires. »
- Brent Lang
Steven Spielberg has been chatting more about Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, and has a brief update on Indiana Jones 5, too...
Back in October, Steven Spielberg revealed to the world that he too wasn’t particularly impressed with the ending of Indiana Jones And The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull. Citing that it was George Lucas’ story, Spielberg said that “I never liked the MacGuffin”, before adding that “I will always defer to George as the storyteller of the Indy series. I will never fight him on that”.
We'd be happy to, if it helps.
In a more recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, he’s returned to the subject of Indiana Jones. On Crystal Skull he said that “I’m really proud of the movie. I loved bringing Marion back. I love the fact that Indy now has a son. It’s a family action film, »
Steven Spielberg has said that he is proud of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. The War Horse director revealed that he does not regret his involvement in the film, saying that he particularly enjoyed the fact that the iconic hero had a son, played by Shia Labeouf. "I'm really proud of the movie," Spielberg told Entertainment Weekly. "I loved bringing Marion back, I love the fact that Indy now has a son. It's a family action film, and I love that whole conceit." He continued: "It's public that George [Lucas] and I and Harrison [Ford] all had a clash about genre (more) »
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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Steven Spielberg defends (kinda defends, anyway) Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Although the film earned a fortune at the boxoffice, it's generally hated by fans who believe everyone involved just did the project to earn a sizable paycheck. In the candid interview, Spielberg acknowledges some of the story points went against his own instincts but he wanted to be loyal to George Lucas, who wrote the script. For more click here »
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Director Steven Spielberg has two very different movies coming out this holiday season. One is a fun, animated action-adventure (The Adventures of Tintin), while the other is a very serious drama about World War I (War Horse). In anticipation of the release of those films, The Beard recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly. His full interview will run in the latest issue, but the director made some comments regarding Michael Bay returning for a fourth Transformers pic and gave an update on Indiana Jones 5, both of which are now available. In addition, he addressed recent discouraging comments he made about Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Hit the jump to see what he had to say. Speaking with EW, Spielberg was asked whether he thought Bay would ever return for another Transformers outing. Here’s his response (with a big thanks to /Film for the quotes): “I hope so, »
- Adam Chitwood
This week's Entertainment Weekly has an in-depth, enlightening interview with Steven Spielberg tied to his December double feature The Adventures of Tintin and War Horse. All kinds of topics are discussed including whether or not Spielberg, an executive producer on all three Transformers movies, thinks Michael Bay will be back for a fourth film. He also says they have a specific genre set for Indiana Jones 5 and expands on his recent comments regarding the reception of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It's great stuff. Read his quotes after the jump. Thanks to Entertainment Weekly  for these quotes which are from their current issue. We'll start with Transformers for reasons that will become obvious later. The question was asked if Spielberg thought there would be another Michael Bay Transformers movie to which he said: I hope so, because I think he made the best of the three with this last one. »
- Germain Lussier
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